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Californians for Tribal Sovereignty and Safe Gaming

Last October, the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations and the California Nations Indian Gaming Association jointly announced strong opposition to the out-of-state corporate sports betting ballot measure. Collectively these organizations represent over 40 gaming and non-gaming tribes in California.

“California’s tribes are locking arms against this measure. The ad released earlier this week by the corporate operators’ campaign is deceitful and deceptive,” said Californians for Tribal Sovereignty and Safe Gaming spokesperson Roger Salazar.

“The out-of-state corporate measure is an assault on our sovereignty. We will not bow to out-of-state corporations who want to take from us the gaming exclusivity that California voters gave to tribes more than two decades ago.”

Chairman Daniel Salgado, Cahuilla Band of Indians

“The vast majority of California tribes are opposed to the out-of-state operators’ initiative. It will hurt tribes and is bad for California. It threatens decades of progress for California’s tribal governments, erodes tribal sovereignty, and threatens our future economic sustainability.”

Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

“Don’t be fooled, this measure is not a fix to homelessness, but rather a massive explosion of gaming that will directly undercut tribal sovereignty and self-sufficiency.”

– CNIGA Chairman James Siva

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“Ninety percent of sports betting revenue goes out of state to the corporations who wrote the measure and are paying for this deceitful effort to fool Californians into thinking our tribal nations support this badly flawed measure,” added Salazar. “This measure is about deception. It is deceptive to suggest it can solve homelessness. It is deceptive to suggest it’s good for California’s tribes. That’s why they overwhelmingly oppose this assault on tribal sovereignty.”

Ad paid for by Californians for Tribal Sovereignty and Safe Gaming, sponsored by tribal organizations. Committee major funding from:

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians

Pala Casino Spa Resort

Funding details at: https://www.fppc.ca.gov/

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